You hold in your hand the camel’s hair brush of a painter of Life. You stand before the vast white canvas of Time. The paints are your thoughts, emotions, and acts.
You select the colors of your thoughts; drab or bright, weak or strong, good or bad.
You select the colors of your emotions; discordant or harmonious, harsh or quiet, weak or strong.
You select the colors of your acts: cold or warm, fearful or daring, small or big.
Through the power of your creative imagination you catch a vision… you dream a dream.
You visualize yourself as the man you want to be.
“Success is relative and individual and personal. It is your answer to the problem of making your minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years add up to a great life.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living
The art of being is the assumption that you may possess this very minute, those qualities of spirit and attitudes of mind that make for radiant living.
It is a philosophy of being today, instead of becoming in a tomorrow that never comes.
It is recognizing that courage, joy, serenity, faith, hope and love are immediately available now, and proceeding to open yourself so these qualities can be expressed through you in everyday living.
A man practices the art of adventure when he heroically faces up to life… When he says, like Frank Crane: “My soul is a columbus; and not watery wastes, nor glooming mysteries shall send me back, nor make me cry, ‘Enough!'”
When he has the daring to open doors to new experiences and to step boldly forth to explore strange horizons.
When he is unafraid of new ideas, new theories and new philosophies. When he has the curiosity to experiment… to test and try new ways of living and thinking.
The following was written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.
It’s insight that I couldn’t pass up and a list that I always want to have available for reference.
What I like most about her list is how you can get a sense of Regina’s experience and personality in many of the items and they aren’t all cliché sayings.
Read through her 42 Life Lessons below and let me know which items were your favorite. My top three favorite pieces of advice were… (I’ll share with you when you’re done reading!)
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short – enjoy it. Continue reading
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” ~ William Shakespeare
“We tiptoe through life hoping to safely make it to death.” ~ Unknown
“Most of the time we pretend we aren’t clear on what our calling is when what’s really going on is that we’re horrified to face it because it seems too big or too impossible to make a living at or completely out of the question for us. But what if you had the audacity to leave your excuses and your shame about wanting to be huge and fabulous behind and really went for it full-on anyway? What if you decided to do the most outrageous, most exciting thing you ever dared fantasize about, regardless of what anyone, including your terrified self, thought? THAT would be living.” ~ Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass
“When we’re born, we have an instinctual understanding of some of the most important basics of life that includes, and goes way beyond, bending at our knees, instead of our lower backs, to pick a beer can up off the floor. We’re born knowing how to trust our instincts, how to breathe deeply, how to eat only when we’re hungry, how to not care about what anyone thinks of our singing voices, dance moves, or hairdos, we know how to play, create, and love without holding back. Then, as we grow and learn from the people around us, we replace many of these primal understandings with negative false beliefs, fear, shame, and self-doubt. Then we wind up in emotional and physical pain. Then we either numb our pain with drugs, sex, booze, TV, Cheetos, etc. Or we settle for mediocrity. OR we rise to the occasion, remember how truly mighty we are, and set out to relearn everything we knew at the beginning all over again.” ~ Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass
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